Everyone must take the time
To sit and watch the leaves turn.
In the midst of turkey and pumpkin pie, I hope that everyone gets an opportunity to take the time to watch the leaves turn. We already see evidence outside of our windows of the glory of red and orange and gold that is painting the leaves. It is a great feeling to walk one of the many nature paths in Oxford County feeling the crunch of leaves and smelling the unique fragrance of autumn. The crisp local apples are arriving at the farmers markets. Piles of bright orange pumpkins and tiny gourds are displayed with abandon beckoning us to smile and take a pause.
I hope that you are looking forward to our future Zoom meetings. Many members are watching at their leisure following the meeting. Thank you for staying connected with us.
MEET OUR NEW PRESIDENT 'JANE FLETCHER' SEPT 2021
It is a pleasure for me to move into the position of president with the apt tech support of Judy and our wonderful management team.
Even though we are not together in the traditional sense, we can continue to laugh, share, and learn together.
Jane Fletcher, President
Here is some Thanksgiving Trivia compiled by President Jane Fletcher:
– Canadian Thanksgiving is always celebrated on the second Monday in October, earlier than the American Thanksgiving, which is held in November. Since 1971 it has coincided with Columbus Day in the U.S.
– The first Thanksgiving feast in the U.S. was held in 1621 when the Pilgrims celebrated their harvest. However, the Americans did not invent Thanksgiving.
English navigator Martin Frobisher held a celebration of thanks in 1578 in what is now Newfoundland as he had survived the long journey over the seas.
– In 1879 Parliament declared November 6th to be a Thanksgiving holiday, and then after World War I both Armistice Day and Thanksgiving were celebrated on the Monday of the week in which November 11th fell. In 1931 Armistice Day became Remembrance Day, and then on January 31, 1957, parliament declared Thanksgiving to be held every year on the second Monday in October.
– Thanksgiving is a statutory holiday in Canada, except in PEI, Newfoundland and Labrador, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.
– Although Thanksgiving falls on a Monday, many have their dinner and family get-togethers on the Sunday.
– While it is widely believed eating turkey makes you sleepy, many experts believe it is actually the carbohydrates that are part of the Thanksgiving meal that causes you to feel tired.
– Turducken is fast becoming a popular alternative to turkey on Thanksgiving, as it gives you the best of three worlds, turkey, duck, and chicken all baked together.
– There are 80 cranberry farms in B.C. with many destined for the Thanksgiving table, and while it is doubtful cranberries were served at the first Thanksgiving meals, the indigenous people used them for cooking and dyeing and introduced them to the pilgrims.
– While pumpkins are a staple of many Canadian Thanksgiving meals as well, they also originated with indigenous people and it is not known if they were present at the first Thanksgiving meals. However, there are recipes for pumpkin pie that date back to the 1650s.
– Canadians consumed 145.5 million kg of turkey in 2010, with 3.1 million whole turkeys purchased last year for Thanksgiving. This was about 30 per cent of all whole turkeys sold during the year according to the Turkey Farmers of Canada.
We received 104 responses to our survey with only 34 non-responses. We will be re-sending the survey to the non-responders in order to capture a clearer picture of our membership for this current year. This gives us an accurate number for National Probus and for our insurance. The executive was pleased with this initial response. We are also pleased to welcome several new prospective members. Several members came forward to volunteer for committee work for which we are grateful. I would like to welcome Linda Neal as our new treasurer.
After some initial social time with members on Zoom, we watched a TED Talk entitled What Crows Teach Us About Death. Here are some interesting points from that talk:
· Evidence of human burial rites dates back 100 000 years
· Other species also have rituals around death
· Some species, notably insects display very predictable and repetitive patterns of behaviour
· Other species, such as elephants, primates, dolphins display more variable behaviours
· Scientists turned to crows to study these behaviours, because it is difficult to perform experimental studies on large animals
· Some behaviours observed included crows calling out to other crows and placing objects beside the body of the dead crow
· One experiment carried out was on danger learning – a person wearing a mask stood in one spot holding a dead crow for 30 minutes. When someone with the same mask came back a week later, crows displayed aggressive behaviour towards that person. This lasted for up to 6 weeks
· Another experiment involved creating a food pile for crows to come to. After some time a dead crow was placed there. Once the crows had performed their “funeral service”, the number of crows coming to the food pile decreased dramatically
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